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The opportunities that collaborative data provides to the global library community are important and are in line with OCLC's core strategy of "collaboratively building Webscale with libraries." Acting as a hub for library data on the Web is one of the ways OCLC can help libraries increase their presence and discoverability in today’s complex information environment.


Library data advocates, researchers, programmers and enthusiasts have a variety of places to meet and share ideas on the Web. We welcome your ideas and participation on the subject in any of these community spaces:

The OCLC Developer Network is a community of developers collaborating in a "sandbox" environment in order to propose, discuss and test OCLC Web Services. This open source, code-sharing infrastructure improves the value of OCLC data for all users by encouraging new OCLC Web Service uses. Join the network to: help shape the future of OCLC Web Services; engage in discussion and focus groups relative to current and proposed services; share software code with other network members and the community-at-large in an open source environment; and, provide feedback points for the library community to engage with. You can also search the list archive for help with questions, and read the “Linked Data at OCLC” page, which has notes for both demo code and known issues.

The Bibliographic Framework Transition Initiative was launched by the Library of Congress (LOC) to review libraries’ bibliographic framework and better accommodate future needs. This work will be carried out in consultation with the format's formal partners -- Library and Archives Canada, the British Library, the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek and other national libraries, the agencies that provide library services and products, the many MARC user institutions, and the MARC advisory committees. You can read more about the initiative at its main website; join in the a community discussion on the associated listserv, or read the LOC’s November 2012 report on linked data and networked library services.

The W3C Linked Data Platform (LDP) provides a charter and background information for people and groups wishing to apply read/write linked data. Your organization can participate in the Linked Data Platform Working Group as a WC3 member (or join) in order to take part in the discussions of the group.

Schema.org provides a collection of schemas, i.e., html tags, that webmasters can use to markup their pages in ways recognized by major search providers. Search engines including Bing, Google, Yahoo! and Yandex rely on this markup to improve the display of search results, making it easier for people to find the right web pages. OCLC has worked with member libraries and data partners to develop library extensions for Schema.org, allowing for easier connections to be made between data entities in a variety of industries and situations. A recent Information Standards Quarterly article describes the project, as well as some background and history on OCLC’s linked data efforts.

Schema Bib Extend W3C Community Group is a group with a mission to discuss and prepare proposal(s) for extending Schema.org schemas for the improved representation of bibliographic information markup and sharing.  OCLC played an active role in the creation and activities of this group who's proposals have greatly informed our linked data vocabulary activities.

If you have any questions or ideas about cooperative library data… we want to hear from you! Please contact us at data@oclc.org for more information, or to get the conversation started.